Tribalism. A threat to our peace and prosperity.

Tribalism is a primal human instinct that surfaces at times of crisis and threat, as it directs action toward survival and protecting those who are part of your mob. Given there is safety in numbers, and avoiding ostracism and isolation from a community that will otherwise provide emotional refuge, people will strive to stay connected … Read more

The folly of choosing winning ahead of well-being

Sport can have a higher purpose, other than the pursuit of victory. As athletes, coaches, teams, and organisations embrace honourable behaviour, it is possible for them to transcend mediocrity and the mundane, to achieve something so special, so rewarding, so exultant. Our collective humanity is enhanced as we become the greatest versions of ourselves, not … Read more

Day ten favourite song – The Last Resort

One of the best saved till last. Also, perhaps representing the second half of the greatest pair of album-start-finish songs. Wow! Hotel California kicks it off, and this amazing song completes it. I love so much about this song. An all time classic in my reckoning. A timeless song, so profound, so poignant now, in … Read more

Day nine favourite song – Everyone’s Waiting

A topical song. Yes. By a talented female artist. Yes. A special song. Yes. But included for other reasons important to me. Women and young people are the future of this planet. Men alone, and men with too much unconstrained authority cannot be trusted to act in the best interests of humanity, indeed in the … Read more

Day seven favourite song – Wiyathul

Long story short. Took the (rescheduled) flight from Kununurra to Darwin via Perth. Watched the Gurrumul movie that evening. Maybe the first time I cried on a plane. Spellbound. I know this man’s music was so melodious and beautiful. His life story was a combination of sadness, disadvantage, joy, love of country and kin, inspiring … Read more

Day six favourite song – US Forces

So many great and meaningful songs from this wonderful Australian band, Midnight Oil. Perhaps I have more favourite songs, and from this band too, yet this song encapsulates one of my most memorable musical moments from my earlier life. Imagine. Crowded in an old music venue in St Kilda, the lights are down, the tension … Read more

Day five favourite song – Comfortably Numb

A tribute to those of us who have used alcohol or other substances to get through. To cope. In my case, to ease my social anxiety. In Pink Floyd’s case, this was a story about heroin. Nevertheless, it was part of my early education about how easy it can be to fall into the lure … Read more